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Poster: amosearle Date: Apr 17, 2007 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

I grew up a Southern Man, so I'd have to say the Fox Theater in Atlanta. I called in "sick" on a graveyard shift job to camp out for tickets to the 1985 shows. I lost the job, but it was well worth it for both the shows and the overnight ticket party- great people and a good time had by all.

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Poster: ducats Date: Apr 17, 2007 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

It's the one thing I regret most - never seeing the boys west of the Mississippi - no Alpne Valley mentions? - the place looks cool, East Coast from 81 on had almost no cool venue options - Merriweather Post was ok - how many people in the Fox in 85? - not only did we have no good outdoor venues but all indoors were close to 20k - did anybody goto the Lake Placid show - what was that venue like?
I got to see a few cool JGB shows (a bar in Pougheepskie,NY(sp?) in 81?) with only a thousand people or so - but again, I'm bummed I never got Alpine,Shoreline,Greek,etc..

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Poster: bigbossdan Date: Apr 17, 2007 6:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

The Lake Placid venue was the Olympic hockey rink which is really quite small. One level of seating surrounding the floor. No more than 30 rows to the back of the rink. I think it seats 7,000, add the floor and you might get up to 8500-9000.

Shows there lately bring every manner of the law, from state, county and village, with the possibility of the border patrol being nearby if they need to search without warrants. I wonder if it was the same in '83?

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 18, 2007 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

i have posted way too much about Lake Acid, but since you guys want to know...

i can't recall the presence of any police or even much in the way of any security (???) and a long ways from the border my girlfriend and i crossed earlier that day...an exceptionally beautiful drive through the mountains in mid October (underestimated the time for the drive, but luckily the band was as late as we were!)

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=111477

http://www.orda.org/newsite/multimedia/desktops/herb_1280x1024.jpg

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Poster: Scrim Date: Apr 18, 2007 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

Could you imagine seeing them at the Big Dipper Arena?

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 19, 2007 12:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

not in my corner of the arctic...but it's an interesting story how that place came about

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Poster: Scrim Date: Apr 17, 2007 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

Used to live in Saranac Lake. Would have loved to have seen the 83 show!

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Poster: amosearle Date: Apr 17, 2007 4:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

The Fox in Atlanta holds just short of 4,700. I guess thats part of what makes it such a memorable time. The theater is intimate and beautiful. It is still hands down the best 2 music nights out I have had before or since. I did enjoy Phil and Friends at the Fox a couple of years ago- but that's a whole other thing...

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Poster: ducats Date: Apr 17, 2007 4:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

4,700 people in 85 is unbelievable to me

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Poster: TheGreat_and_Knowledgable Date: Apr 17, 2007 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

havent been to as much venues as everyone here but i like the beacon theatre a lot.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Apr 17, 2007 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location- deep regret

I saw some great shows in great places but the Fox is one I will always consider one of my regrets for not getting to see one there!

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Apr 17, 2007 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best location

I did not go to Placid but spent my summers there growing up, before it got all the dollars for the olympics it was the greatest small town I had ever been to. I still remember they had a penny arcade where you put a penny in and could watch an old style silent movie. There were no chain names, not even a McDonalds, The Ice Cream places were off the Cow Pastures and they churned it all on the premises. On a clear day you could see the top of Whiteface Mountain or maybe it was Mt. Marcy with snow on the peak and that was sometimes even in the summer. I remember having to flee one August morning because we woke up and it was snowing, by the time we ate breakfast 3 inches on the ground by the time we got out of the mountains they were closing the roads behind us. It was a blast we were still in our shorts too!

This post was modified by Chris Freedom on 2007-04-18 00:10:11